Hurricanes Down Akron to Finish 3-0 in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev. (AP) – Reggie Johnson scored a season-high 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Miami past Akron 69-61 on Thursday in the final round of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
The Hurricanes (10-3) went 4-0 in the Classic, including a 3-0 mark in Las Vegas this week.
Brett McKnight led the Zips (7-5) with 20 points. Brett McClanahan had 11 points and Nikola Cvetinovic 10 for Akron, which finished 6 of 27 from 3-point range and 2-1 at the Classic.
Miami, which was a season-low 1 of 11 from 3-point range, extended its 38-22 halftime lead to 57-35 with 10:08 left on two Grant free throws.
Akron responded with a 16-0 run. But the spurt ended after Johnson’s dunk with 4:51 left caused the clock above the basket to shut down. It never was fixed.
Miami went 6 of 6 from the line in the final 1:26 to curtail Akron’s late rally, and offset a poor 3-point shooting night by outscoring the Zips 26-12 in the paint.
On the Double
Johnson shot 9 of 14 from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 from the line versus the Zips. Over the last five games, he is a perfect 10 of 10 from the charity stripe and has hit 12-straight free throws dating back to the Dec. 4 win over West Virginia.
Speaking of Free Throws
The Hurricanes hit their first 11-straight free throws versus the Zips before missing from the line with 6:20 remaining in the opening period. Miami finished 72.2 percent from the line in the win (26-36).
Thomas for Three
Despite hitting a season-high tying 13 threes at a season-high 56.5 percent clip in Wednesday’s win over Rice, the Hurricanes hit a season-low one trey in today’s victory over Akron. In addition, the Zips — who hit 14 of 29 3-point attempts (.483) in their Wednesday win over Stetson — was held to just 22.2 percent beyond the arc today (6-27), hiiting all six of their treys in the second half.